Just For Kids

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Alligator River, Pea Island and other National Wildlife Refuges are wonderful places for children to learn about and experience the outdoors. From interactive National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center exhibits on Roanoke Island, to tram and paddling tours, to spotting black bears, turtles, herons and other critters on Wildlife Drive, many activities are available to appeal to children and the entire family. 

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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is the lead refuge for this Complex.  If you were web- surfing on one of the other refuge sites, you may find your way back to that refuge by following one of these links:  Pea Island - Mackay Island -  Currituck -  Pocosin Lakes - Roanoke River.



For Kids

Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges, as well as the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center, have a lot to offer for children of all ages. What does the fur of a black bear or red wolf feel like? How do the refuges look from high above in an airplane? Find out at the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center! You may also join our weekly Free Preschool Young Naturalist Program on Fridays from 10:00-11:00. Hear a story, do a craft, and take a guided hike on the short nature trail behind the building. Although geared towards children age five and under, we welcome all ages! Pick up one of the scavenger hunt sheets and a clipboard and explore the exhibit hall and trail with your child. Discover the answers together as you experience many of the hands-on displays.

Our summer interpretive programs on the refuges and at the Visitor Centers are a great way to introduce your children to the wonders of wildlife and wild lands. See our program guide for more details.